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Max Verstappen triumphed at the Spanish Grand Prix after major drama that saw Formula 1 title rival Charles Leclerc retire to Barcelona. There was controversy when Red Bull issued team orders to push the world champion over Sergio Perez to boost the drivers’ championship hopes, which seemed to annoy the Mexican driver. Elsewhere, Mercedes have picked up some form as they look to come back strong this summer after a troubling start to the F1 season and the W13 car.
Russell took third to clinch a podium spot, despite a late scare with the Silver Arrows warning he was a DNF contender with the power unit down. Lewis Hamilton finished fifth, with local favorite Carlos Sainz reclaiming some pride for the fans with a fourth-place finish to limit the damage in the constructors’ title race.
Reacting to his heartache, Leclerc said: “I lost power and had to stop because there was a problem. I don’t know yet what the reason is. It hurts. But there are positives, we showed that we were fast.
While Hamilton added that fifth place felt like a win: “I thought it was impossible to get back into the points, but the team said no, you’re for eighth place,” Hamilton said. “I thought they were super optimistic. I’m glad we didn’t [retire] and it just shows that you never stop and you never give up and that’s what I did. A race like that is like a win, and it’s actually better than a win more often than not when you’ve come this far.” Follow live reactions, news and updates from the Spanish Grand Prix below:
“The season starts now,” says Russell
George Russell says Mercedes’ season is “starting now” after finishing third in the Spanish Grand Prix. Team-mate Lewis Hamilton fought back after a collision on the opening lap to claim P5, but it was an impressive performance from Mercedes that has been lagging for most of the season.
“Yeah, I mean it’s great to be on the podium and I think it shows the hard work and effort that goes into the factory at Brackley and at Brixworth.” said Russell after the race,
“We’ve always said you have to be there at the end to pick up the pieces, to pick up the points, especially on days like today.
“It was incredibly difficult for the cars and the drivers. But I feel like we’re making progress and I feel like we as a team have turned a page and I feel like that’s probably the start of our season now.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 11:56 a.m.
Ferrari think fresh fuel behind Max Verstappen’s last-second pit exit at Spanish Grand Prix
Ferrari believes Max Verstappen’s late exit from the pits at the Spanish Grand Prix is down to Red Bull wanting to keep its fuel as fresh as possible.
The minimum fuel temperature last Sunday was 25 degrees and it is suspected the team cooled it below that level. This meant Verstappen and Sergio Perez had to stay in the garage to raise the temperature ahead of the grand prix.
The reigning world champion left the pits with eight seconds to spare and Ferrari says they have to trust the FIA it was legal.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 11:42 a.m.
Seven F1 teams could pull out of races over budget cap, says Christian Horner
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has warned that up to seven teams may have to pull out of racing this season to meet the Formula budget cap.
The cap has fallen to £111m for the 2022 season from £115m in 2021. Horner says governing body FIA should increase the budget to reflect rising inflation and they have a “duty of care” to ensure teams can complete the campaign.
“Seven of the teams would probably have to miss the last four races to reach the cap this year,” he said, according toBBC Sports. “It’s not just about the big teams. It’s the midfield teams that are really struggling with inflation issues. The FIA has a duty of care. I know they take it seriously. »
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 11:30 a.m.
Fernando Alonso set to join top team alongside No.1 driver in potential move from Red Bull
The Alpine driver stressed that most teams work together to get the most out of the car and if he joined a team as number two it would be a team effort.
And when asked if he could work with an “alpha” in sports, he replied, “Yeah, sure. I think at the end of the day there aren’t many number one or two drivers in a team right now. All teams need both drivers to work together and improve the car, especially with the new regulations.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 11:18 a.m.
Christian Horner defends the controls of the Red Bull team at the Spanish Grand Prix
After Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc pulled out of the lead, Sergio Perez was asked to relinquish top spot by his team, helping pave the way for Max Verstappen to take his third straight race victory ahead of his team-mate.
However, Horner insisted it was the most sensible option, with the team principal not wanting to risk potentially losing a significant number of points by letting the drivers fight, especially with the DRS which only works intermittently.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 11:03 a.m.
Kevin Magnussen clarifies ‘heat of the moment’ radio message about Lewis Hamilton
Magnussen’s Haas made contact with the seven-time world champion’s Mercedes as the Danish driver looked to pass Hamilton at Barcelona’s turn four after getting off to a strong start.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 10:50 a.m.
Charles Leclerc highlights ‘many positive signs’ despite Ferrari withdrawal
Charles Leclerc insists there were still plenty of positives to take from the Spanish Grand Prix despite the Ferrari driver recording his first DNF of the 2022 season.
Leclerc had dominated practice, taken pole in Barcelona and appeared to be on course for victory in Sunday’s race until engine failure forced him to retire.
Max Verstappen took full advantage and a third straight win for the reigning world champion saw him take a six-point lead at the top of the drivers’ standings.
Despite this, Leclerc said he was encouraged by his car’s pace and superior tire management.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 10:39 a.m.
When and where will the next Formula 1 race take place?
The Formula 1 season is in full swing as drivers prepare for the seventh race in the busiest calendar in the sport’s history.
Max Verstappen has claimed four wins so far and sits atop the Drivers’ Championship after Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari retired in Spain.
The rivalry between Red Bull and Ferrari continues to develop well, with the two teams separated by a small number of points in the constructors’ championship.
Elsewhere on the grid, Mercedes appear to be making progress after an extremely strong weekend in Catalunya.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 10:27 a.m.
Lewis Hamilton’s radio call paints ‘a true and alarming picture’ of the Mercedes star’s feelings
Hamilton suffered a puncture after a collision with Haas rider Kavin Magnussen and he told his team he wanted to retire from the race. But Mercedes told him to continue and the British driver managed to finish the race fifth.
“Lewis’ contact with Kevin Magnussen in the opening lap surely cost him a chance for a spectacular result,” pundit Brundle wrote for sky sports. “He was 50 seconds behind the leader on lap two and 54 seconds at the end despite falling back four seconds on the last lap.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 10:15 a.m.
‘You bet we can’: Toto Wolff talks Mercedes’ F1 title chances after Spanish Grand Prix
Toto Wolff believes Mercedes can still fight their way into the Formula 1 world title fight after an encouraging weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The German team produced their most complete performance of the season in Barcelona, closing in on early leaders Red Bull and Ferrari.
Continuing a string of top-five finishes to start the season for his new side, George Russell finished third, two places ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Michael JonesMay 24, 2022 10:04 a.m.